This Is a Sound of Hope

So Minna no Kodomo-chan are tottering into an uncertain future. This has been a savage year for graduations and disbandments, so it follows that we could toss a few more heartbreaks onto the proverbial woodchipper of our emotions and further dilute a scene that, in what feels like the blink of an eye, went from astonishingly diverse to increasingly monochromatic. Sucks.

But yes, we did lose HAMIDASYSTEM, only to gain a new HAMIDASYSTEM, and I’m going to put it out there that “Kizu no Oto” here is probably exactly the track that I needed to hear this morning:

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Surviving Monday with CROSSNOESIS

Just like with their new sisters in HAMIDASYSTEM the other day, HAMIDASYSTEM refugees CROSSNOESIS put out some fresh material last week, and I may be a jerk for kind of letting it molder at the back of the queue for several days, but I had my reasons*. And now I have every reason to finally post the thing and at the very least make a permanent record of it. And maybe give your Monday morning a little bit of a pick-me-up!

This playlist that they added on Soundcloud may just be all demo versions, but it’ll sound both familiar and innovative on top of that at the same time, and that’s cool:

I may not totally get the move to pull HAMIDASYSTEM into a new thing and have the old members do a new thing with a sound somewhere between old and new, but as long as the end product has me nodding with benign pleasure (like this), I’m going to be okay. Both projects feel like winners. And if they want to get back into the media-spanning cross-functional projects that made last year such a cool follow, I’m here for it.

*They are bad reasons

Get a Listen to the New HAMIDASYSTEM

Well, I keep having to make choices between which things related to HAMIDASYSTEM I get a few minutes to hastily blog a post about, so let’s go with the most recent option this time! Hey, remember how HAMIDASYSTEM broke up and then rebooted and then also this happened and it’s all kind of weird in hindsight but, boom, bonus HAMIDASYSTEM? We haven’t actually heard anything official since the debut, but, as of yesterday, we have sound:

That … that sounds a lot like HAMIDASYSTEM! I mean, of course it does. I don’t know why I was expecting anything substantively different. And let me go ahead and say that’s it’s absolute great to have this back.

CROSSNOESIS Could Possibly Save the World

So I don’t know where all of the good idol stuff went over the past several days*, you guys, but I’m kind of thankful for the moment’s peace. I told myself even yesterday that maybe I should just let the week ride itself out and only feel like I need to respond at all if something genuinely cool and big happens.**

Well, the best thing happened, and we finally got a look at the post-HAMIDASYSTEM project of the former members of HAMIDASYSTEM, who are not at all the new and current HAMIDASYSTEM, but are veterans of maybe the coolest, most creative, impossible-to-overrate multimedia art project to have ever struck idol. Specifically, we get music and some light visuals!

That was the fastest smashing of the Subscribe button in my over-enthusiastic history

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HAMIDASYSTEM, Rebooted

Ah, friends, the day has arrived! With their official debut as part of Gyuno Fes (today!), my personal Idol of the Year for 2018 who like immediately afterwards announced a mass graduation and then a soft reboot with new members and I say soft because 3/4 of the old members just went on to a new project with the same management, so okay, HAMIDASYSTEM is back!

Go ahead and play the match-faces-with-names game!

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What’s Next, HAMIDASYSTEM?

So in the Great Idol Purge of 2019, one of the key casualties for lovers of the dreamy pop sound and highly ambitious multimedia art projects was HAMIDASYSTEM, my personal Idol of the Year for 2018 and a growing presence among the I-like-good-things set. The announcement was a really sad one — how could this just up and go away? we cried through gnashed teeth.

Well, as it turns out, we might need to re-tool those expectations just a little bit, because it seems like the result is more of a “oh okay, neat” than a “/throws self into traffic”.

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And HAMIDASYSTEM’s Dissolving Too

And as if to add insult to injury (though in fact announced first in actual chronology), HAMIDASYSTEM, the people behind this, whose growth and development over the last year in particular has been nothing short of astonishing, will be disbanded in April, pending a complete reboot of the membership:

Nothing lasts forever, certainly not in idol, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t think that this was a group that had a good stretch left ahead of them. FFS, they were my personal Idol of the Year for 2018! After the huge artistic achievement that was putting together prose and song and video and live performance in a single cohesive story, it was easy to see that other, maybe even more ambitious, steps lay ahead. Continue reading

I Watched This HAMIDASYSTEM Live So Now You Have To

This was easily the best thing that happened yesterday, and I want to share it because it’s something that all people should experience. I speak, obviously, of HAMIDASYSTEM, and to follow that a live of theirs. Or, more specifically, their one-man a little while back, pro-shot and edited and mixed and oh my goodness it’s real and beautiful. And of course it includes everything from their very literal multimedia magnum opus, the likes of which we may never see again.

A friend, a name you may have encountered in your online idoling adventures, asked whether this performance being so filmed and broadcast meant that it was for a to-be-released DVD. I didn’t know the answer, and Twitter wasn’t helpful, but another viewer offered that … it was being broadcast as a promo, for other one-mans. That’s wild.

Anyway, the point of all of this is that HAMIDASYSTEM is amazing as heck, and you should watch this, but you have to hurry because it’s only being published for 48 hours and 24 have already passed, so you only have 24 left! Get to watching!

And Now HAMIDASYSTEM: The Final Chapter

And here, finally, after months of construction, of combining the aural with the visual with the personal with the novel, HAMIDASYSTEM finally gets to put an end to the four-part arc brought they kicked off all the way back in May. This is the final chapter in their story:

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The Contemplative Quiet of Penultimate HAMIDASYSTEM

Hey, just like yesterday, let’s leave alone what doesn’t need to be tampered with. Tomorrow is D-Day for whatever work of artistic glory that HAMIDASYSTEM is going to bless the world with; today is about completing the original circle with FLAME’s contribution to the Epic of HAMIDASYSTEM:


This is so introspective that it makes my heart hurt

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